Carter Hall cruising the Indian Ocean, 7 October 2007
|Namesake||Carter Hall in Virginia|
|Ordered||22 December 1989|
|Laid down||11 November 1991|
|Launched||2 October 1993|
|Commissioned||30 September 1995|
|Motto||Working For Peace Ready For War|
|Status||in active service|
|Class and type||Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship|
|Length||610 ft (190 m)|
|Beam||84 ft (26 m)|
|Draft||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Propulsion||4 Colt Industries, 16-cylinder diesel engines, 2 shafts, 33,000 shp (25,000 kW)|
|Speed||over 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Boats & landing |
|LCACs or 1 LCU or four LCM-8 or nine LCM-6|
|Capacity||15 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV), 4 M1 Abrams tanks|
USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) is a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She is the second US Navy ship to be named for Carter Hall, an estate near Winchester, Virginia, built in the 1790s.
As of July 2023, Carter Hall, along with USS Bataan (LHD-5) and elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are being dispatched to U.S. Central Command in the Middle East as part of the U.S. response to Iran’s continued seizure of commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.
The mission of the Landing Ship Dock (LSD) is to transport and launch amphibious craft, vehicles, crews and embarked personnel in an amphibious assault. An LSD can also render limited docking and repair service to small ships and craft, and act as the Primary Control Ship (PCS) during amphibious assaults.
Carter Hall is a Cargo Variant (CV) of the Whidbey Island class. A significant difference between the two classes is that Carter Hall's well deck has been shortened from 440 feet (130 m) to 180 feet (55 m). This provides Marines with added vehicle and cargo storage areas. The well deck can hold two Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) and a variety of landing craft and tracked amphibious assault vehicles. Carter Hall's two-spot flight deck can land and service any helicopter in the Navy and Marine Corps inventory.
In 2001, Carter Hall deployed to the Mediterranean Sea from 15 April to 15 October 2001.
On 2 June 2007, Carter Hall engaged pirates after they boarded the Danish ship MV Danica White off the coast of Somalia. The LSD destroyed three small boats being towed behind the captured vessel, but was unable to pursue after the vessel entered Somalian waters.
On 1 June 2020, the Navy reported that two weeks prior, several crew members assigned to Carter Hall had tested positive for COVID-19. The exact number of sailors infected was not disclosed due to Defense Department policy, but those infected were "being checked on each day by their leadership [and] receiving deliveries of food and essential items". At the time, the ship was docked at her home base. Most of the roughly 400 crew members were brought ashore while the ship was being sanitized.
In December 2020 the US Navy's Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels stated that the ship was planned to be placed Out of Commission in Reserve in 2023.
The ship was one of several US Navy vessels present in the Atlantic near a suspected Chinese espionage balloon that was downed by the United States on 4 February 2023. The crew had stayed out longer, (originally returning to port on February 6), within the vicinity of the sunken parts in response to the spyballoon being sunk.
Ship's coat of arms
The colors of the field red, white, and blue, stand for the United States. The saltire recalls the heritage of the South in the history of Carter Hall in Millwood, Virginia. The anchor represents the Navy. The times are in the form of pheons, symbolizing the mission of support to assault operations. The loose rope intertwined with the anchor signifies freedom. The border denotes unity. Dark blue and gold are the colors traditional associated with the Navy; red for courage, white for integrity. The griffin denotes courage and vigilance. The crown refers to the heritage of Carter Hall, recalling the Great grandfather of its builder, known as "King" Carter. The battle stars of the first Carter Hall (LSD-3) are commemorated by the arc of battle stars, five gold for her service in Vietnam. The motto is underscored by the olive branch for peace and the oak for war. Gold is for excellence and red for courage. The arms are emblazoned on a white oval enclosed by a blue collar edge on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Carter Hall" at the top and "LSD-50" at the bottom in gold.
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